Stephen Nichols (SN): On this episode, we are at Ligonier’s National Conference, and we are joined by a guest from the Dominican Republic. We have Sugel Michelén with us. I’m going to let you say the name of the church where you pastor.
Sugel Michelén (SM): Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo
SN: “The Church of Jesus Christ.” Is that part of it?
SM: “The Biblical Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is a Baptist church.
SN: It is a Baptist church in the Dominican Republic.
SM: Yes, in the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, the capitol city.
SN: And you are visiting with us here in Orlando at our National Conference.
SN: And you have also written a book, and the English title is From God and For God.
SN: And the Spanish title is?
SM: De Parte De Dios Y Delante De Dios, and it will be published in English in November.
SN: Oh, wonderful.
SN: Well, we’re going to give you a little bit of a reprieve from your pastoral duties, and we are going to send you to a deserted island. You did ask if you could take your wife along, and the answer is yes.
SM: Yes, okay.
SN: And you can also take books with you. What books would you like to take with you to your deserted island?
SM: The Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges once said that if he stayed alone on a desert island, the book he would like to have with him is How to Build a Boat.
SN: Okay, so I’ve got to tell you something. This reminds me of when I had R.C. Sproul on the podcast and I asked him this question. R.C. said, “Well, the first book I want to have is How to Get Off a Deserted Island.”
SM: Oh exactly, okay. But speaking seriously, if I could take only five books it would be very difficult for me.
SM: One of them would be The Confessions of Saint Augustine for sure. I read this book about thirty-five years ago, and I still remember the impact of his evident passion for our Lord Jesus Christ. So The Confessions for sure would be one of the books.
SN: Great choice.
SM: The second one would be Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. I do not know another compendium of theology written with such erudition and with such a pastoral heart.
The third one would be Temptation and Sin by John Owen. Even alone on a deserted island, the content of this book would be of great help in my struggle against the remnant sin. I have been using this book for more than thirty years in my pastoral ministry in the church.
The fourth book would be Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I suppose that under these conditions, I would need to remember the wise advice of the Doctor to fight with depression. But this book had a strong impact on my life in such a way that Lloyd-Jones, after reading this book, became my favorite dead preacher, even now he is my favorite. I love Lloyd-Jones, he’s one of my heroes.
And finally, I would like to have The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson. It is one of the best books I have read in recent years. One very necessary book to deal with the problem of legalism and worldliness. So, I would have with me The Whole Christ.
SN: I love all your choices, and especially your last choice. I had Dr. Ferguson as a professor when I was at Westminster Seminary.
SM: Oh wow.
SN: I’ve loved him and his books. And I think that book is his legacy book.
SM: Oh yes.
SN: And I hope it is for generations to come.
SN: Well, you’ve got great books. I’m going to leave you. Enjoy them.
SM: Thank you.
SN: You’re quite welcome. That was Sugel Michelén joining us from the Dominican Republic.